Scrub brush and power drill with a plus sign in between
Attaching the head of a scrub brush to a power drill can do wonders for ceramic tile floors.

Scrub brushes work well for cleaning, but they require a lot of elbow grease. To convert a standard hand scrub brush into a power attachment for your drill:

  1. Cut the handle off a round scrub brush.
  2. Drill a hole in the middle of the brush.
  3. Insert a 4-inch long machine bolt in the hole from the bristle side.
  4. Put a washer and nut on the back side and tighten it up.
  5. Chuck the bolt into a drill.
  6. Run the drill at medium speed when using the scrub brush attachment.

Watch this video to find out more.

 

Joe Truini uses a homemade scrub brush drill attachment chucked into a power drill to clean ceramic tile floors.
A homemade scrub brush drill attachment chucked into a drill is perfect for detailing tile floors.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Joe Truini: There is a wide variety of scrub brushes available for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen and the bathroom, and they all work pretty well.

The problem is you have to scrub by hand, and where’s the fun in that, so I decided to introduce a little power.

I took a long-handled scrub brush, and I drilled a hole down the center. And I attached a 4-inch-long machine bolt, and I chucked it into a drill. So now I have a power scrubber. Here’s how it works.

I’m going to spray a little tile cleaner on the floor here, and I’m going to run the drill at medium speed—not too fast—and it’s going to scrub this clean easily and quickly. How about that!

If you try this trick, you’ll find that you never go back to hand scrubbing again.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. There are also 2inch 4inch 5inch for cleaning bathroom and carpet.
    Do you have stiff,medium and soft bristle for this?
    Stiff and medium also can clean tire.
    Could you tell me the bristle is PP or nylon?

    • Hi, Mark!
      Sandblasting is one option (using protective gear and taking necessary precautions). But this only helps if there’s no damage; otherwise, sandblasting can worsen the damage.
      You also can ask the home center for chemical rust treatments, but again, careful application is a must to prevent damage.
      Good luck!

  2. Great solution!! I googled cleaning brushes for power drills and came to this site. I’m an avid do-it-your-selfer & love this idea! I was reluctantly going to pay $30.00 for a power drill brush kit when I decided to look on-line for an inexpensive alternative. WOW!! This idea looks easy and inexpensive. PERFECT! I want to use it to clean the upholstery in my car and other cleaning projects. Thank you. I will bookmark this site!

  3. It was really a nice post with some actionable tips to cleaning tiles with a scrub brush drill cleaning attachment. If we use high quality commercial cleaning greasers/cleaners on the floor tiles then it can also give a new life to the floor, either in kitchen, bathroom or on other flooring area.

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